A Guide To The Library Of Congress Classification / Edition 5

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Completely updating Immroth's A Guide to the Library of Congress Classification (Libraries Unlimited, 1990), Chan's work adheres to the purpose of previous editions--to provide readers with a basic understanding of the Library of Congress Classification system and its applications. After introducing the classification and giving a brief history of its development, the author presents readers with the general principles, structure, and format of the scheme. She then discusses and illustrates the use of tables. In an entire chapter that is new to this book, Chan provides a general discourse on assigning LC call numbers. Discussion of applications is continued with emphasis on individual classes and specific types of library materials. Appendixes include tables of general application and models for subarrangement of divisions and topics within disciplines. Throughout the book, examples appear, taken from recent Library of Congress Machine-Readable Cataloging (LC MARC) records. A bibliography lists selecte

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"Chan does an excellent job of organizing and explaining information compiled from disparate sources. …In short, there is really no substitute for this significant and worthwhile text, either for cataloging students or for practitioners." - Journal of Academic Librarianship

"Should be in every library and every library school." - LRTS

Library Journal
Like its predecessors, this complete revision of the fourth edition, entitled Immroth's Guide to the Library of Congress Classification (1990), reflects the changes and developments to the Library of Congress (LC) Classification that have occurred since the previous edition. Starting in 1993, LC began converting its classification data to machine-readable form using the USMARC format. The printed schedules are now available in either print or electronic versions. Another example of continued development is in Class K, especially the schedules for Class K-Law. There are three changes to this edition: Appendix A: General Table has been slightly expanded; Appendix B has been incorporated into Chapter 6; and Chapter 5--Assigning Class Numbers--is new. Despite the magnitude of information covered, the chapters continue to be written both clearly and understandably. Examples used throughout the book are from LC MARC records, many of which are 1995 or later. While this guide is intended to be an introduction to the LC Classification, there is enough information here to be of interest to "seasoned" catalogers. Highly recommended.--Susan Ketcham, Long Island Univ.-Southampton Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Provides an exposition of the Library of Congress Classification and a tool for studying and for staff training in use of the scheme. Offers a basic understanding of characteristics of the classification, arrangement within classes, format of schedules and tables, and Library of Congress policies with regard to application of various features of the system. This fifth edition is a complete revision of (Libraries Unlimited, 1990). A chapter on assigning LC call numbers is new. Chan is professor of library and information science at the University of Kentucky-Lexington. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563084997
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 570
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS MAI CHAN is Professor, College of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington. She served as Chair of the Decimal Classification Editorial Policy Committee, has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation, and was named a Distinguished Alumna by the Library School at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Principles, Structure, and Format

Chapter 3: Notation

Chapter 4: Tables

Chapter 5: Assigning Class Numbers

Chapter 6: Individual Classes

Chapter 7: Classification of Special Types of Library Materials

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